Origin of Childermas
before 1000; Middle English chyldermasse,
equivalent to Old English cildra
(genitive plural of cild child
) + mæsse Mass
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Historical Examples of childermas
See thou fall not hastily into the like offence, else shalt thou smart from Childermas to All-hallowtide.
On the eve of Innocents day (Dec. 28th), the priests gave way to the choir boys, the children, for the celebration of Childermas.
A central feature of the celebration was a pompous church procession following vespers on Childermas eve.
On Childermas day (the 28th of August) the license of the English visitors had grown to such a height, that it was.
British Dictionary definitions for childermas
- archaic Holy Innocents Day, Dec 28
Word Origin for childermas
Old English cylda-mæsse, from cildra, genitive plural of child, + mæsse Mass
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Word Origin and History for childermas
"festival of the Holy Innocents" (Dec. 28), late Old English *cildramæsse (c.1000), from obsolete plural of child (q.v.) + mass (n.2).
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